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The Hot List: World Cup

Your best bet for enjoying the World Cup: plant yourself at one of these five bars. (That or endure a 20-plus-hour flight to South Africa.) They'll be bringing you all the goal-scoring (or should we say, goaallllll-scoring) in the form of 68 TVs and endless beer. Festivities start as early as 4am, or as late as... 7am.

Free Whiskey Shots at Kezar Pub

Free Whiskey Shots at Kezar Pub

TVs: 20 HDTVs
Lowdown: Opening at 4am for all the 4:30am games (and replaying every game at 5, 7 and 9pm), Kezar's got 70 beers, plus breakfast and pub fare starting at 6am. But most importantly, they're doling out free shots of Irish whiskey whenever any team scores against France. Revenge never tasted sweeter...

Jun 11-Jul 11, 4am, Kezar Pub & Restaurant, 770 Stanyan St (at Waller), 415-386-9292

Brews for Breakfast at Republic

Brews for Breakfast at Republic

TVs: 13 HDTVs, including one 82-inch behemoth
Lowdown: They've got SF's largest domestic beer list, along with Frings (beer-battered onion rings and fries), BBQ Beef Nachos and the Republic Burger. It goes without saying that fans of the Stars and Stripes will be here, alive and kicking. Also: eating.

Jun 11-Jul 11, 7am, The Republic, 3213 Scott St (at Lombard), 415-817-1337

Beer-on-the-Wall World Cup at Public

Beer-on-the-Wall World Cup at Public

TVs: 23 big-screens
Lowdown: At 6am, the kitchen at Mijita will be churning out futbol-inspired grub like Chilaquiles and Fried Chicken Sandwiches (soccer players love fried chicken). And in the spirit of competition, if you drink all 24 bottles on Public's beer list, you'll get your own World Cup pilsner glass—aka your own private World Cup.

Jun 11-Jul 11, 6am (times vary), Public and Mijita, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (Third and King), 415-644-0240

10 TVs and Tacos at Taco Shop

10 TVs and Tacos at Taco Shop

TVs: 10 flat-screens
Lowdown: All tournament long, they're serving up $6 Bloody Marys, $12 buckets of Bud and Bud Light, and massive breakfast burritos like the andouille/bacon/eggs La Bomba. Our prediction: lots of midday siestas.

South Africa by Way of Italy at Panta Rei

South Africa by Way of Italy at Panta Rei

TVs: 2 flat-screens
Lowdown: Four years ago, this trattoria in North Beach was basically World Cup HQ, which is why you'll want to grab a seat at the tile bar bright and (especially) early. They'll be mixing cocktails all morning, and dishing out their weekend brunch throughout the week. It's enough to make you wish the World Cup were every month.

Jun 11-Jul 11, 7am, Panta Rei, 431 Columbus Ave (at Green), 415-591-0900

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